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Passenger tried to smuggle in the remains of four mummified monkeys from Africa to America before K9 border dog Buddy sniffed out the ‘deceased and dehydrated’ bushmeat

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  • Buddy was not duped by a traveller claiming they were only carrying ‘dried fish’

A federal agency dog with a nose for the strange unearthed four mummified monkeys one traveller was trying to smuggle into the United States for his consumption.

One passenger, who arrived at Boston Logan Airport after a trip in the Democratic Republic of Congo, attempted to convince staff there was only dried fish in his luggage – but one swift canine wasn’t fooled.

Buddy – a US Customs and Border Protection Dog – first drew his handler’s attention to the illegally transported goods during a preliminary screening of passenger cases on January 9.

During the initial x-ray of the suitcase, staff only saw fish, but upon further investigation they soon discovered four deceased and dehydrated monkeys inside, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

The unnamed individual had tried to transport the ‘bushmeat’ from the Democratic Republic Congo to Boston – with a pit stop in Paris – with the intention of eventually eating it, the CBP said.

Thanks to  US Customs and Border Protection Dog named Buddy, staff at Boston Logan Airport prevented a traveller from transporting four mummified monkeys (seen) into the US

‘Bushmeat’ is the raw or minimally processed meat of wild animals from certain parts of the world – including Africa – that can trigger transmittable diseases. 

The CBP stated that Buddy’s work, as well as that of due-diligent staff was ‘vital’ in preventing the potentially harmful bushmeat from entering the country.

Julio Caravia, CBP Boston’s area port director said: ‘The potential dangers posed by bringing bushmeat into the United States are real. 

‘Bushmeat can carry germs that can cause illness, including the Ebola virus. The work of CBP’s K9 unit and Agricultural Specialist were vital in preventing this potential danger from entering the US.’ 

Border Protection contacted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention when they discovered the bodies of the mummified monkeys.

The CDC then called for the luggage to either be returned to France – where the passenger flew from on his return to the US from Congo – or to be destroyed.

Around nine pounds of the illegal bushmeat was retrieved by the health agency and were marked for destruction.

According to the CBP no charges were filed against the individual but all of their luggage was seized. 

This comes after another smuggler from Taiwan attempted to transport animals from Bangkok in his designer underwear.

The passenger maintained there was only dried fish in the case, but after Buddy (pictured) flagged the luggage to his handler staff investigated the case further

The passenger maintained there was only dried fish in the case, but after Buddy (pictured) flagged the luggage to his handler staff investigated the case further 

Staff at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport quickly became suspicious of his huge package and pulled the tourist, 22, to one side. 

The man, who has not been named, tried not to react as the bulge in his pants kept moving as he stood for an X-ray scan. But his plan was quickly scuppered when the X-ray images revealed what appeared to be a trio of furry animals. 

Shocked staff then strip searched the smuggler and to their surprise, they found two Asian small-clawed otters and a prairie dog he had crammed into his designer boxer shorts after buying them from a market in Bangkok.

The protected wildlife had been stuffed in three separate stockings taped to the man’s underwear before making his way to the airport on Tuesday.

Phakkapong Phathong, Suvarnabhumi Animal Quarantine chief, said the tourist was arrested at 9:05 am and had been due to board Thai Airways flight TG632 to Taipei, Taiwan.

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